Program News


Please Welcome Our New Faculty

Please join us in wishing the beloved Gina Ochsner great success (and writing time!) as she steps away from the program for a hiatus. She has been a blessing to every one of us, a blessing to work with.

Beginning with the August, 2019 residency, our new first-year fiction mentor will be Chigozie Obioma. Chigozie is the author of The Fishermen, which was a finalist for the Man Booker prize 2015, and a winner of four other awards, including an NAACP Image award, the FT/Oppenheimer prize for fiction, and several nominations. The novel, which is being translated in 26 languages, is also being adapted into a stage play. Obioma was named one of Foreign Policy's 100 Influential People of 2015. He is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and remains active in Nigeria where he runs various projects. His second novel, An Orchestra of Minorities, was published in January 2019, and is already receiving extraordinary critical praise.

Our Home-Place: Camp Casey, Whidbey Island

As with past winter residencies, our March 2018 residency will take place at our beloved Camp Casey on Whidbey Island; however, we will return to Camp Casey for our summer residency as well. We hope to make this venue our full-time residency home for the foreseeable future, strengthening our ties with Seattle Pacific University and establishing a stronger identity as an MFA program committed to offering our students an intensive retreat and a centering home-place where they can work more intimately with their cohort and their mentors.


2019 Winter Residency: 

Thursday, March 14th – Sunday, March 24th 

2019 Summer Residency: 

Thursday, August 8th – Sunday, August 18th